Miss Universe Philippines 2021 candidateKisses Delavin was able to keep her confidence and composure amid the stressful preliminary interview of the local pageant.
The preliminary interviews of the Top 28 candidates were filmed sometime this week at the Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort in Clark, Pampanga. It was streamed this Friday, September 24, 2021, via KTX.ph.
For the preliminary interview, all the candidates were asked the same set of five questions. Each candidate was given 30 seconds to answer each question.
Below is the transcript of Kisses's answers to the questions:
What's the most important lesson your learned the the past week?
Kisses: "I think it's embracing the moment, really enjoying the moment for what it is, like a song. I think I met so many people in the past week that I really treasure. And I think that, of course, it's in my dream, the Miss Universe crown. But I also just embrace the moment and that's one of the best parts."
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in whose eyes are you beautiful?
Kisses: "In my own eyes. I always make sure that every day, when I go out, when I'm doing my own makeup, that my standard of beauty is myself. We all have our preferences on what's beautiful, but I think that I'm beautiful because I am me. And I think if I could show a girl that she can feel like that as well, that's something that I would be proud of for the rest of my life."
If we truly learn from our mistakes, would you advise a younger person to keep making them?
Kisses: "Absolutely. I think when I was 17 years old I have made so many mistakes in my life. Just thinking about them right now makes me nervous. But I think, all those mistakes, like not trusting myself enough to love someone, all those mistakes will make me take more risks in the future and now, which is why I take more risks now because I used not to."
If you have the power to do ONE of the following: Eliminate poverty and hunger, a government with no graft and corruption, or solve all environmental problems, which one would you choose?
Kisses: "I think the closest thing to my heart is eliminating hunger because coming from Masbate, there are a lot of places out there that really need... [have] children who need nourishment. And I think that that's one of the biggest things that I need to focus on as a privileged person. I am not ashamed of my privilege but I think that I should do more in my whole life and especially, as a miracle baby."
If you were to add to cart one item to buy on Lazada to send to all Filipinas to help inspire them during this time, what would it be and why?
Kisses: "I think it's a rosary because that's what my mother gave me when I went into the pageant. My mother was nervous about me coming into a pageant because she thinks that I always need her, but I always do need her. But I also have the strength that wherever I go, I can do my best because the rosary is with me. Thank you."
Netizens who were able to watch her preliminary interview performance were impressed at how "chill" and "relaxed" Kisses was while answering the questions given the 30-second time limit.
Twitter user with the handle name @BryanD0214 wrote, "I feel the sincerity from #KissesDelavin #Kisses #MissUniversePhilippines2021"
Another Twitter user @maybenotktghorl shared the same sentiment and tweeted, "this isn't just a 'dream' she wants to fulfill. this is a win that she wants to have. DAMN. the dedication and heart of this woman, really. [emoji]"
After the interviews, the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions will also be streamed on KTX.ph this Sunday, September 26, 2021.
The last day of the online poll via Lazada app was also moved to September 29, 2021, Wednesday.
Meanwhile, all of the candidates will also be flying to Bohol for the pageant's grand coronation night on September 30, 2021, Thursday.